History of Cannabis- Part 1
Well preserved, nearly fully intact, museum-worthy artifacts have proven undoubtably that Cannabis sativa has been on this earth, and cultivated by humans. Since we stopped being wholely hunter/gathers, and began farming the land, man has used Cannabis for daily uses. Furthermore, archelogists and scientists have now discovered that cannabinoids have been on this earth for over millions of years in one form or another. "Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, and inflammation. These work their medicinal magic by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids, which activate to maintain internal stability and health. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur." https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/cannabinoids-101-what-makes-cannabis-medicine
In fact, one of our vertibrae family members, the sea squirt, which is still around today, has proven to scientists that the endocannabinoid system (the receptor system for the plant which is already in our brains) was developed by sea squirts millions of years ago. This system allowed the sea squirt to develop nervous system like qualities to look for food and danger; sending information out to other sea squirts around it and back to itself.
For tens of thousands of years, man has used this gift from The Gods for food, shelter, clothes, fuel, medicine, paper, salves, etc. More recently we have used it in cars, soaps, shampoos, construction material, and over 50,000 others products. If you can think of any man-made or nature made item in this world that comes from wood, plastic, or steel, know that cannabis can make that product as well if not better. With all this in mind, why is it still illegal to produce and use today in the united states of America? And, why aren't there multiple museums full of items made for and from cannabis? Two words…politics and money.
There is some hope, though. Obama just signed the Farm Bill Act last year and in that bill was Section: 7606. Americans can now (again) grow a certain strain of Cannabis sativa L called hemp. "Industrial hemp is the non-psychoactive, low-THC, oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp has absolutely no use as a recreational drug. Section 7606 of the Farm Bill defines industrial hemp as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis." http://www.votehemp.com/2014_farm_bill_section_7606.html
Here is a link to that Farm Bill. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=farmbill